Hey everyone I just finished reading through the stickies and FAQ as well as the wikipedia strength training article Just to be sure that im doing everything right: If youre doing strength training to support your muay thai (or any martial art), to become more powerful and more explosive, the goal of your training will be an increase in strength and not hypertrophy or endurance or so; because: And to build that solid base of strength, I would be doing those basic compound lifts, the <<big>> lifts like deadlifts, squat, bench; in a specific workout schedule, for example a three days split. And these exercises I would do in the 5 x 5 system. I am a little confused here because people in our local gym told me before that 5 x 5 is <<for pros only>> and that I should do 3 x 8 - 10 on my exercises. But 3 x 8 would more result in hypertrophy, right? And thats not what i want, i want strength gain, and for that I should always follow the rule of the 90 percent and do therefore 5 sets 5 reps each. Also, to develop explosiveness, I really dont need to do the reps in a special way, like doing the exercise really fast and explosive? Its enough to do 5 x 5 on my exercises, as long as I have good form and a god ROM. One final thing. How do I know that I can use more weight on an exercise? Or, for example squatting, when do I put more weight on the bar? When I can do five nice clean reps and feel I could do one more? Thanks a lot in advance to everyone helping me with those questions!! (Sorry if I asked kinda noob questions but im a beginner and still lerning ) Cheers Fabian P.S.: Little correction: Im not a complete beginner, been training MT for a year and a half, we did some strength there, I also have my own set of dumbells with which I workout at home.